Plan Your Visit
Spend a little time at the site of one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. While at the American Gothic House take time to tour the American Gothic House Center located adjacent to the house.
In the Center discover displays devoted to Grant Wood’s life, his paintings, his sister Nan, her thoughts about her brother and a host of parodies that has in many ways defined American Gothic. Before leaving, take advantage of the costumes on hand at the Center, bib overalls, jackets, aprons and smocks, as well as a hayfork, to create your own American Gothic photograph.
Displays inside the Center detail the history of Grant Wood. Learn about his life, how he evolved as an artist, his time in Eldon, and his impact on the Regionalist Art movement. Delve into the intricacies of American Gothic and the rich history of the American Gothic House.
American Gothic is one of the most parodied paintings of all time. There are cartoon characters, presidential candidates and many more depicted in front of the American Gothic House. The Center’s collection of parodies, which span the last 60 years, can be viewed at the American Gothic House Center.
On the American Gothic House Center tour make sure to stop in the media room to learn more about Grant Wood. The documentary “Grant Wood’s America” captures the essence of Wood’s life: his early years, his time as an interior decorator, his summers abroad, and his rise to fame after American Gothic.
Other films are also available for viewing, including “Dropping in on Grant Wood” an animated film for the younger audience.
After a tour of the American Gothic House Center, a stop at the gift shop is the ideal way to remember your visit. Pick from the many books on Grant Wood or select a print of one of Wood’s famous works. Other items available are t-shirts, mugs, and postcards. We also sponsor original work of local craftsmen. Proceeds from sales in the gift shop support operations at the American Gothic House Center.